URI announces night, weekend parking for visitors
Chafee, Fine Arts and Mackal lots among those designated
KINGSTON, R.I. September 25, 2002 The Parking Services & Kingston Connection office has announced a new policy for visitor parking in the lots at the Chafee Social Science Center, the Fine Arts Center and behind the Visitors Center.
Open parking (visitor, student and staff) will be allowed in those lots from 6 p.m. to midnight on weekdays and on the weekends at no charge. There is no overnight parking in any of these lots. Overnight guests of students are asked to park their cars in the Mayfield, freshman resident parking lot on Plains Road. No special permit is needed.
Open evening parking is only allowed the three lots so control is maintained over URIs lot assignments. In the past, resident students have moved into those lots and when staff come in to work, they have fewer spaces.
"With such tight parking capacity it doesn't take long to undo the entire system," according to Kathleen Mallon, director of strategic planning and institutional research. "Letting students/visitors park in a few lots at night will enable us to police the whole system more effectively while still responding to their requests to get close the library, and the other locations."
All daytime visitors who do not have a new pink visitors permit need to stop at the Information Center where they will be given a parking pass and directions to an appropriate lot. Offices hosting events during the workweek need to contact Parking Services well ahead of time to make arrangements for their visitors. All campus guests and patrons can use the shuttle to get around the campus.
In the athletics area, the lot abutting the Mackal Field House and the Boss Arena is designated as visitor parking. "That should take care of people who use athletic facilities, such as the Boss Arena, the pool, the arena and the Mackal facilities as well as any special event on the upper campus which might attract people from off campus," Mallon said. In addition, this is the area where campus shuttles stop so that visitors to the upper campus can use the Keaney Visitors lot when campus lots are full.
The lot to the east of Keaney Road, traditionally known as the Keaney lot, will continue to serve commuters and the small lots at the far eastern side will remain overflow for campus residents.
Strict enforcement of the parking regulations began at URI Monday, Sept. 23. Parking services personnel are paying particular attention to vehicles that block fire lanes, park on the grass, and park in inappropriate lots. Both Parking Services and the Campus Police are enforcing parking in fire lanes and in handicapped spaces. Operators of cars found in violation will be subject to fines and/or having their vehicles towed.
Students who have not registered may continue do so through Friday, Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the ground-floor lobby of the Carlotti Administration Building. Although the Parking Services has registered more than 2,200 faculty and staff cars, it will continue to honor the yellow hangtags until the process is completed.
In a related matter, Mallon said construction of the new 1,000 spaces at the former homecoming field and dairy barn is on schedule and on budget. The spaces will be ready for the second semester. The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is also fine-tuning its Kingston Connection service. RIPTA officials have told Mallon that ridership is ahead of projections.
In addition, the Student Senate Campus Affairs Committee will hold a forum on parking on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. in Atrium 2 in the Memorial Union. Those with questions may stop in to see Lindsay Unger in Room 201 of the Memorial Union. Among those who will be attending are President Robert L. Carothers, Kathy Mallon, director of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research; Robert Drapeau, director of campus police and security; Vern Wyman, assistant vice president for business services; Thomas Dougan, vice president of Student Affairs; and Les Humphrey, acting director of URI Parking services.
Now that the demands of the registration process have lessened, Les Humphrey will resume the bi-weekly information sessions that were used during the planning phase of the new campus parking and transit system. Members will be notified by his office as to the new schedule and location.
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